Flatland in France is big. The media pushes it and it shows. With a couple of Germans and a few Japanese riders at the FISE the level was high. High enough for York Uno not to make the final. He played it safe by doing "easy" tricks in qualifying but the judges noticed and didn't give him a spot in the final top 8. The final was ruled by Japan though with Hiroya Morizaki spinning to first and Taka getting second. Alex Jumelin's protégée Matthias Dandois was killing it on his Bram Verhallen-KHE and finished up the top three, one of his best pro results ever. Frank "Lowcash" Lukas brought a posse of friends over from Germany for mental support (and fun). He couldn't pull every spin he tried but pulled enough to get fourth place. Adam Kun had a flat in the first group of the jam session final and rode in the last group of three. He did manage to pull some impressive combo's for 5th. In 6th we have Alexis Desolneux. With Alexis it's on or it isn't. He didn't ride terrible and with a full more tricks pulled he would have been in the top three easily but the sloping asphalt wasn't on his side in the finals.
The Dirt set-up for the tenth FISE was nice. A big 40ft container was used to get speed for the drop-in. Three big sets followed and then a 80 degree left turn brought you to the final jump that you could jump either straight, at 120 degrees or the full hip to the left at a 90 degree angle. The pro class went straight to the finals on Saturday night. The vibe was great with a loud (drunk) crowd, some fireworks, loud music and Lionel Cardoso on the MIC. As always the riders made the show. Each one of them had 4 runs of which the best three counted. This left room for trying out new tricks but you still had to be consistent to end up high on the score sheets.
Alejandro Caro was riding a borrowed bike but it didn't seem to hurt his riding. He had four super consitent runs with big bangers like 720-s, x-up flips and 3-whips. The Colombian scored first but left straight after the comp with Markus Hampl to finish up the Dirt jumps for the BMX Masters.
Greasy Comb Distribution has added a new employee to their roster. Dave Davenport is the newest member to the Greasy Comb Team. Some of you might know of Dave from his days at GT Bicycles, S&M Bikes/Fit Bike Co., and Tip Plus.
Dave will be helping out with Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, and Product Development.
After multiple years on the shady FISE vert ramp, the organization wanted to make sure that the 10th edition had the perfect set up. The 18 meter wide Red Bull ramp showed up and it took a bit to get things perfect on the sloping asphalt. The heat and dust didn't make the set up perfect but it was a big improvement anyway.Tim Eichert and Eduardo Terreros were flown in from the LG contest in Amsterdam to participate at the FISE. Too bad Tim's bike never showed up (they flew into Barcelona too) and Eduardo's bag with his pads and helmet never showed up. Tim's solution came in the form of Achim Kujawski's bike that he had brought along but wasn't going to compete. All of a sudden Tim had a perfectly dialed bike and he seemed to enjoy it. Eduardo had to collect some stinky pads from other people and to top it off he rode with Tim's sweaty helmet.
There was little to no room for practice for both of them as they arrived on the spot at 1pm and the contest was scheduled for 1:30pm. The comp was moved back to 3pm so both of them had a bit of time to get used to their new equipment. With 30+ temperatures it didn't take long for the riders to warm up.
Dude, what's going on? Did you see what they're planning to build for the X-Games vert contest? Do you think the chest plates are going to make a return to the pro class? Well, with handrails on the vert ramp you would think that the rider can use any sort of protection possible. Does someone really needs to get seriously hurt before they realize that this is nuts? Or is it a form of progression? Is it going to set the boys and the girls apart on the vert ramp? We don't think there are any X-games vert riders that are pussies but you really need big balls to attack this beast. Anyway, we've posted a new poll in the right column so you can show what you think. It's possible to click more answers.
The other day Omar who rides for Pyskopath Industries/Bikes invited me over to their ramps in San Undisclosed , California. Psykopath started out as a rider owned racing team and later added on a freestyle team as well as products. Their "training facility" and office is based out of a house with a large ramp in the backyard. The entrance to the office is the best part since everyone walks up the ramp and climbs through the window. Inside there are bike parts everywhere and if there were any strangled hookers, they hid them well. Zack Held the team manager showed me the prototype of their 5150 frame. It has been revised to include a Spanish BB, internal headset and they shaved a bit of weight off as well.
First want to thank Rick and all the VBMX'er staff that made this a great experience!!! This trip almost didn't happen due to a rare tumor I have in my jaw but was able to shuffle some appointments around to get to the Rock this year. Carolyn and I had our hands full at the last minute to get everything packed and I still needed to build the bikes on Thursday! Our 5 1/2 hour trip with a trailer full of bikes was a tad interesting but made it in for the swap meet, which unfortunately there was not a lot of representation? Set up the canopy (MN Faction) and headed over to watch some motos, the racing is so fast at the Rock!
The kids of Shirebrook got to celebrate their independence in style by riding the ramps of their very own new GBH skatepark. The size of this park is deceptive, not unlike stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia…with ramps. It may not be a particularly large area but the design skills of Russ has made sure that it has a whole lot going on, and his clever use of space ensures that nothing is crammed in so skaters aint gonna come a collision cropper.
Have you seen Clint's video? is a questions I've been asked a lot lately. The Selftitled video is Clint Millar's first production and it's a damn good one. It features the Australian bad asses on spots we don't get to see too often. If you know Clint, you can understand that it has some strong international content too. The dude travels the world and when back home he works for TripleSix distribution, runs the Colony company, rides his ass off and found time to edit this BMX bicycle movie. Most riders in the video are sponsored by one of the brands that the distribution company carries and includes Ryan Guettler, Clint Millar, Pete Radivo, David Manconi, Kym Grosser, Nick Richardson, Kenny Raggett, Nick Cooper, Mike Lawrence and Zack Musarsa. Funny enough it starts off with a Carhartt clip featuring Belgian Hannu Cools riding on his home turf in Belgium but then quickly moves on to the great riding that Australia has to offer. If you haven't heard of the names mentioned above, you will soon as